Jessica Biel covers Elle: “I’ve never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses”

Jessica Biel covers the January issue of Elle Magazine, and the pictorial is… odd. I can remember when Vogue Magazine would take some lesser-known celebrity women to Paris for Fashion Week and they would pose her in pieces from the new collections, often with some of the hottest designers. It feels like that’s what Elle tried to do with Biel, only it’s Jessica Biel, and it’s not Vogue, and… it just comes across as kind of budget and sad and try-hard. I’m including some of the shots of Biel posed with Giambattista Valli (who made her wedding gown) and Christian Louboutin. Do you think they were disappointed that it was only Jessica Biel? You can see the Elle slideshow here, and here are some highlights from her interview:

On choosing her wedding dress: “I wanted the dress to be very romantic and feminine and a shape that I very rarely wear. I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least. [Giambattista Valli] had created that same fabric in a fuschia-and-pink combination for a dress in a previous collection, and I asked him if he could create that same pattern in a white combination, and he suggested pink. It was a bit of a leap of faith at the time, but it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. [Putting it on], I felt like I had made the right choice. I felt elegant. And it moved like a dream.”

Honeymooning in Tanzania: “Honeymooning is the best thing about being a newlywed. I wish I could honeymoon forever.”

Biel’s thoughts on marriage: “It means always having someone there to open the pickle jar…to share the ups and downs with, have adventures with. Someone to go swimming naked with. That kind of thing.”

On Justin Timberlake’s domestic side: “He bakes pies. He’s Southern, so he’s got all this influence from his grandma. He does a three-layer pie…and blueberry crunch cake, which is pretty unbelievable. It doesn’t happen all that often, thank God. Otherwise, it would be a big problem.”

On plans for the future: “My goal now is to work with great directors. Small role, big role, medium-size role—it doesn’t matter. I just want to work with someone who’s going to push me to a scary, exciting place that I’ve never been before.”

[From Elle]

“I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses…” It’s weird because she wears a lot of white on red carpets. She loves an all-white dress when she’s on a carpet, but suddenly when she’s getting married, Jessica Biel is all about being avant-garde and high-fashion? Sure.

“My goal now is to work with great directors…” Good luck with that. Seriously. Good luck. Because she is not a very good actress at all.

Photos courtesy of Elle Magazine, photos feature Giambattista Valli and Christian Louboutin.

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  1. gee says:

    For celebrities I think wedding dresses are less important than to us regular people. For us, this dress is one of the few times we get to have something special and beautiful and while etc etc. For (some) celebs, it’s just another gown.

    • Brittney says:

      I never thought about it that way. Actually, this really helps explain (some) women’s obsessions with finding the “perfect” dress… I have never been able to relate to people who fantasized about their weddings, not to mention their gowns, but if I think of it as an excuse to wear something amazing and be a star for one rare day, then that makes sense. Thanks for that!

      (It also makes it even *less* about the relationship itself, which is pretty much why I’m not going to bother with a wedding in the first place.)

  2. jane says:

    She is seriously so bland it kills me. Pretty girl, but ridiculously boring.

  3. Skipper says:

    Her take on marriage is so misguided.

  4. Eleonor says:

    Everytime I see her face I am hypnotized by her nose, and how out of proportion it is. After the nose I see the lips (fake, but here photoshopped to look human) and then the bang trauma.

  5. Isa says:

    Jessica always looks like a tomboy forced to wear a dress for the first time when she wears something frilly.
    She looks great in the dress on the cover. Well except for the hair.

  6. marie says:

    On choosing her wedding dress: “Justin was in charge of that, I just showed up”

    pretty woman, horrible actress

  7. mimifarrow says:

    I actually have something nice and somewhat interesting to say about her. A few years ago (’09 I think), she flew all the way to SW Alaska to check out an area that is being threatened by a HUGE gold/copper mine. My friend, who’s a prominent activist against the mine, flew with her all day above Bristol Bay and said she was very nice, polite and seemed genuinely interested in the issue. Not a lot of people outside the area are familiar with the Proposed Pebble Project but somehow she heard about it and (supposedly) paid her own way to educate herself, which is pretty cool in my book.
    As for everything else about her, she bugs. ;)

  8. serena says:

    I’m surprised she didn’t add ‘have a baby’ to her goals.

  9. poppy says:

    she is in for more downs than ups being married to top-ramen head. in the mean time it is all pickles and pies!

  10. this lady says:

    She is so boring and probably only married Justin so that people would keep paying attention to her. Seriously if it wasn’t for that she would be forgotten with the rest of the 7th heaven cast

  11. Birdix says:

    That middle photo in the clock tries for a high fashion look but doesn’t work–not a good angle at all. And the headshot is off too–they need a better photographer

  12. oliveo says:

    will she go away once she can’t talk about her wedding anymore? or will she just have a baby?

  13. KellyinSeattle says:

    I just can’t w/ her ever since I saw her on Letterman. About as exciting as a tortoise race.

  14. LAK says:

    This Vulture piece sums up her career. ouch!

    The only film i thought she did a great job in was EASY VIRTUE.

  15. junegorilla says:

    She can actually act too. She was great in “the Tall Man”

  16. TheOneAndOnly says:

    Agree jane,liv, and kellyinseattle; please, can’t the fashion mags go back to putting models (yes, there are decent ones out there ignored of course ) on their covers; but since conglomerates bought interests in the mags, they are just extended commercials for whatever movie/tv show/cd mostly white bland actresses are pitching. Oh well you can always go on youtube and see what great fashion covers from the 80s/90s actually looked like.
    And this girl would never have appeared on any of them.

  17. Aria says:

    Not my cup of tea but please, give this girl a break.

    She’s a decent actress. She’s not the next Meryl Streep but she doesn’t bad mouth her previous works. Her taste in men and clothes is questionable but she seems a nice and PROFESSIONAL actress.

    • Izzy says:

      +1,000! She hasn’t had any major drug, alcohol or sex scandals, she isn’t a horrible role model for younger kids, she doesn’t walk around spewing foul-mouthed rants (coughKStewcough)… I actually kind of like her. She seems very normal. Perhaps that’s why so many seem to hate her? Not enough to gossip about, perhaps…

  18. meh says:

    She has the exact same facial expression in every single one of those photos.

  19. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Definitely good luck with working with good directors there JB…
    I had the misfortune of watching (or at least attempting to watch) Total Recall last night. And she was so damn awful in it. She gives KStew a run in the constant ‘open mouth’ acting technique. Terrible.